The Will of Albus Dumbledore
chapter seven of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry’s birthday dawns, and his presents include a kiss from Ginny (much to Ron’s consternation) – but the evening’s celebrations are dampened when Rufus Scrimgeour arrives with the contents of Dumbledore’s will. The trio can’t figure out, though, why they were left an old Snitch, Dumbledore’s Deluminator, or a copy of the Tales of Beedle the Bard.
Ginny… took a step closer to him. “So then I thought, I’d like you to have something to remember me by, you know, if you meet some veela when you’re off doing whatever you’re doing.”
And then she was kissing him as she had never kissed him before.
(by Hala Zabaneh)
It was blissful oblivion…. she was the only real thing in the world, Ginny, the feel of her….
The door banged open and they jumped apart. “Oh,” said Ron pointedly. “Sorry.”
Scrimgeour gave Harry a cold, appraising look…. “Very well then, together,” he said, shrugging. He cleared his throat. “I am here, as I’m sure you know, because of Albus Dumbledore’s will.”
“You may wear that scar like a crown, Potter, but it is not up to a seventeen-year-old boy to tell me how to do my job! It’s time you learned some respect!”
[Harry] felt as though he were sitting in an examination with a question he ought to have been able to answer in front of him, his brain slow and unresponsive. Was there something he had missed in the long talks with Dumbledore last year? Ought he to know what it all meant? Had Dumbledore expected him to understand?
about the chapter
The Boy Who Lived
When you think about the objects Dumbledore left for the trio in his will, it’s sort of amazing how little information Harry really has to go on in his search for Horcruxes. He has a rough idea of what some of the Horcruxes are, and perhaps enough information to hazard a guess or two at their locations. But he doesn’t have any idea how the Deluminator, the Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Snitch, or the sword of Gryffindor might play into his quest, and Hermione’s already pointed out in the previous chapter that if they do find Horcruxes, Harry doesn’t have the means of destroying them (and only knows how to destroy them thanks to Hermione’s stealing books from Dumbledore’s study!). Dumbledore’s plan may be revealed to the trio as they go on, but at the moment is seems he’s left an awful lot to chance – not to mention to the ingenuity and cleverness of Harry and his friends.
One part of this chapter that always bothers me is when Charlie arrives from Romania and Mrs. Weasley firmly announces that she’s going to give him “a proper haircut.” It’s certainly not out of character for Mrs. Weasley, but it’s odd because this is the first time in the series that the style of Charlie’s hair has even been mentioned – yet we’ve seen Molly pestering Bill about his long hair several times. It’s possible that both Bill and Charlie have long hair, of course, but I think it much more likely that over the years Rowling simply mixed up which brother she’d written as having the long hair, and her editors didn’t catch the mistake. It’s unusual for something like that to slip by her, though, so I wonder about it every time I come across the passage.
The Final Word
“I think you can see in the Ministry even before it’s taken over, there are parallels to regimes we all know and love…. I think that’s it’s a very healthy message to pass on to younger people that you should question authority and you should not assume that the establishment or the press tells you all of the truth.”–J.K. Rowling, October 2007